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Posted at: Jan 4, 2018, 12:38 AM; last updated: Jan 4, 2018, 12:38 AM (IST)LAHORE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 1918

The Premier's Message.

ON another page will be found the text of a stirring message which the Prime Minister has sent on behalf of the War Cabinet to the Government and people of India. The Premier has no doubt that if the allies stand firm they will restore liberty to Europe and give lasting peace to the world. The concluding part of the message is interesting. Against the courage of members of the Commonwealth, it says "the Legions of autocracy have east themselves in vain and the Empire which the militarists of Prussia persuaded themselves would crumble at a blow has proved itself the most united and massive of the bulwarks of freedom." How magnificent! Yet there are those, who tell us that we are guilty of an unpardonable offence in urging that in this Empire, which has sprung from the eternal soil of freedom, there should be no room for any but freemen, and that in particular our own Motherland, the most ancient of the world's great countries, the earliest home of religion, culture and civilisation, and the most important in man-power of the members of the free Commonwealth presided over by His Majesty the King, should be free. 

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